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Second and Third Locations Opening Everywhere

After months of speculation on the location of her rumored cocktail bar, Alba Huerta has announced that she'll be opening Julep in the old Corkscrew location at 1919 Washington Avenue. The historic building will be restored to its full glory, showcasing a secluded backroom bar that was built but never used for public service as well as a patio in a space currently used as a garage. Huerta plans a Southern-centric menu of drinks and food at Julep, which will specialize in — you guessed it — bourbon cocktails.

"There's just something special about a finely crafted classic mint julep that strikes a chord with people," says Huerta. "It never fails to bring out a smile." It should also bring a smile to peoples' faces that Julep is adding to the more "serious" side of Washington Avenue, which features craft beer bars like Liberty Station, restaurants like Beaver's and The Broken Spoke, and coffee shops like Catalina instead of gaudy nightclubs. Julep plans a January 2013 opening.

Scotch eggs at Gordon Street Tavern.
Joanna O'Leary
Scotch eggs at Gordon Street Tavern.
Trompo takes the place of bacon at Taqueria La Macro.
Katharine Shilcutt
Trompo takes the place of bacon at Taqueria La Macro.

In other booze news, the second location of Sonoma Wine Bar has quietly opened in the Heights at 801 Studewood. "Pssst! Don't tell all your friends, but we're swinging the doors open to our Heights location tonight for a soft opening," the wine bar wrote on its Facebook page last week. "We're pouring delicious wines, cracking open ice cold beers, and serving up ­artisanal cheese and charcuterie plates." Oops — secret's out.

Just down the street, it appears that the planned second location Killen's Steakhouse has hit some snags. Eater Houston reports that lease negotiations on the former Stella Sola location were taking far longer than planned, although the building's owner says "that the deal is still on."

Meanwhile, over at West Ave in the Upper Kirby district, Del Frisco's Grille is set to replace the now-closed/consolidated Ava Kitchen & Whiskey Bar. The restaurant plans to be a less fancy-schmancy version of the Del Frisco Double Eagle Steakhouse in the Galleria, according to general manager Arthur Mooradian, who announced the news on The Cleverley Show.

Not far from the Galleria, 1252 Tapas Bar has opened its third official location at Uptown Park in an unusual case of a suburban restaurant moving into the city. 1252 Tapas first opened in The Woodlands, then Cypress.

Last but not least, The Burger Guys have announced plans for the second location of the popular west-side restaurant: downtown. The Guys are moving into the recently vacated ­Korma Sutra space at 706 Main. "In the Westchase location, we only have about 30 seats," says Brandon Fisch. "At the new place, we have 100 to 120. It's huge." The Burger Guys eventually plan to offer dinner, but are concentrating now on opening for lunch by mid-­September. By Katharine Shilcutt

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